You have heard all the fuss about how fun camping can be, but you have never tried it. Camping is a great way to get back to our roots, put down the electronics and get some relaxation from the blue light. Camping can be a lot of fun for some however, it can be a daunting task of endless “what ifs” for others. No worries, we are here to help you with some hacks to make your camping trip much more enjoyable!
To enjoy your tenting experience you will want to choose your tent location wisely. This means that you will need to survey the land a bit and ensure that you put your tent on even ground and look for rocks, even small ones, that will eventually be your bed and hurt. If there are bushes and trees try to camp near them to block the wind. And, put the “windows” facing the west, if you plan to sleep in at all. The sun is really bright first thing in the morning out in the woods.
Choosing a Tent
If you haven’t chosen a tent yet, then some things you should consider are what size you might need and what type of camping you plan on doing. You need to have enough room in the tent for the people and the things. Depending on how long you plan on camping and the kind of camping will help you decide as well. If you plan to camp in a campground with other people all around you, then you will probably bring more things than if you were going alone on a hike through the mountains.
Your food and everything you carry will need to fit in the tent at night. Be sure that you have enough room for this. Typically an easy gauge is to add gear as another person. So, if there are 2 of you going, get a 3 person tent for example. If the 2 are sharing sleeping space. However, if they are not then a four-person might be more comfortable.
Rainproof your Tent
Find a tent that is easy to put up. Nobody wants a tent that comes with a thick instruction book these days. And, try setting up the tent at least once before you leave to ensure you have all the right pieces and your know-how to put it together. And, well, for that rainproofing spray you need to apply. Yes, you need to put rainproofing in your tent. This ensures that you are covered should a rainstorm pop up. It will also help you visualize the footprint that your tent will need.
When setting up you will want your tent upwind from the campfire and other smoking objects. This will ensure that your tent will not be filled with smoke when it is time to go to sleep. Determine which way the wind is coming from and ensure that you put your tent upwind of from your campfire for the best position.